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How Judges Determine Bond Amounts

Often times, a detainee’s family member comes into my office for a consultation regarding a bond hearing and I offer them a projected bond amount. The most immediate reply that I receive is, “I don’t understand? John Doe only got a $1,500.00 bond and Jane Doe got out after paying $2,500, why is […]

Deferred Action Applications

USCIS has announced that the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) will begin accepting applications February 18, 2015.

To be eligible for the expanded DACA program, you must:

  • Have come to the United States before your sixteenth birthday.
  • Have continuously lived in the U.S. since January 1, 2010.
  • Have graduated or obtained a certificate of completion from […]

What is the Difference Between a TN Visa and an H-1B Visa?

For starters, a TN status may be easier for Canadians or Mexicans to obtain, as they are not subject to the annual cap for H-1B visas issued.

Another advantage to the TN visa is that it is adjudicated at the border and you will not be subjected to the wait times that most H-1B […]

Can I apply for a U-Visa if I am in Removal Proceedings?

The answer is yes!  Even when placed in removal proceedings a U-visa may be an option for relief of removal.

Many potential U-visa applicants may be or have been in immigration removal proceedings, which take place in immigration court.  You will be in removal proceedings when you receive a document called a Notice to Appear.

Victims who […]

Immigration News: Expansion of DACA and more…

FROM USCIS: On November 20, 2014, the President announced a series of executive actions to crack down on illegal immigration at the border, prioritize deporting felons not families, and require certain undocumented immigrants to pass a criminal background check and pay taxes in order to temporarily stay in the U.S. without fear of […]

RELIEF FROM REMOVAL: What is it? And How can it help?

The United States government has set aside special categories of people that may be provided relief from deportation.  This relief may come in several forms, i.e. a green card, termination of proceedings, grants of asylum, withholding of removal, and voluntary departure.  All of these forms of relief vary on their eligibility and an […]

Deportation and Removal Defense

How do I know I am in Removal Proceedings and what are my options?

The first step to any removal case is to first examine the Notice to Appear (NTA).  The NTA will have your name, alien number, and a list of allegations stating why the United States Government believes that you are inadmissible or deportable […]

Seeking Entry into the United States Following Removal

Seeking Entry into the United States Following Removal

If you or a loved one has been removed or deported from the United States for any reason at all, you likely have some feeling of uncertainty as to whether or not you will be allowed to lawfully reenter the United States in the future.  When seeking to […]

New Directive for those with Human Rights Violations

It appears that ICE and DHS are following through in accordance with their new directive of targeting immigrants with criminal records and especially those that have committed human rights violations.

Since 2004, ICE has arrested more than 200 people for human rights violations and deported more than 400, ICE spokeswoman Nicole Navas said. The agency is […]

Immigration and the Housing Crisis

Can immigration help fix some of the problems with the housing crisis?  The government thinks that it can.   Two Senators are preparing to introduce a bipartisan bill that would give residence visas to foreigners who spend at least $500,000 to buy houses in the U.S.

Here is an article from the L.A. Times:

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/oct/20/business/la-fi-visas-home-buyers-20111021

In essence, the […]

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